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Visit Myrtle Beach, USA
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina.
Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in the United States because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, attracting an estimated 14 million visitors each year. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,109 with the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area population at 465,391 according to a 2013 estimate.
Known as the "Grand Strand", Myrtle Beach is sure to entertain the wide variety of tourists who comes for the endless broad sandy beaches - and stay in the equally endless lines of hotels.
Tourist Attractions in Myrtle Beach
While it might seem obvious, the main attraction in Myrtle beach is the beautiful stretch of white sand beach along the city's oceanfront. Myrtle Beach is blessed with 60 miles of sands. Fly a kite, search for shells, toss a Frisbee, or let the kids enjoy the water while parents watch nearby. Adventurers can enjoy a variety of sports, such as boating, fishing, surfing, para-sailing, windsurfing or scuba diving. Many people come simply to set up a chair and read a book. A nighttime walk on the beach shows off the lights of the hotels with the background sounds of water breaking on the sands.
The Carolina Opry
Home to some of the biggest shows on the Grand Strand, The Carolina Opry features four productions with catchy, classic tunes. Each performance showcases talented singers, musicians, comedians, and dancers including acts from "America's Got Talent" and "American Idol". There is a Christmas special during the holiday season, plus a series of laser light shows with accompanying classic rock anthems.
Next door to The Carolina Opry sits Dolly Parton's "Pirates Voyage," a dinner show for landlubbers. Guests are seated in front of a watery stage to enjoy a hearty meal while watching acrobatic pirates from the Sapphire and Crimson crews battle for victory. Sea lions, parrots, and other live animals join the pirates for tricks, comedy, and contests. And audience members can also join in on the fun.
Broadway at the Beach
Visitors can find a variety of activities at Broadway at the Beach, home to attractions such as Old Tyme Portraits, Ripley's Aquarium, and Fantasy Golf. The Legends in Concert, a celebrity tribute show, is also based here in a state-of-the-art facility.
The area has dining options with classic fare (burgers, pizza, steak, and seafood). On a warm evening, take a paddle-boat ride or an after-dark stroll on the Broadway bridges extending over the Intercoastal Waterway. (Pick the bridge closest to Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf for some light-hearted background music.)
Opened in 2011, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel takes guests way up high in its 42, six-person gondolas. The 10-minute ride offers an expansive view and plenty of photos ops. Advance tickets are available online. And if you want to take your experience one step further, reserve the VIP option for a 20-minute ride in a gondola with a glass floor and views from every angle. At night, one million LED lights illuminate the wheel.
Intricate sculptures decorate the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens, where guests can also see native alligators, osprey, and waterfowl in their natural habitat. Cruise on a 48 ft pontoon along historic rice fields, which fueled the area's once-dominant rice industry. Interpreters speak about the history of the estate and its surrounding area.
Guests can also tour a Civil War fort site located on the property, the back roads of the Oaks Plantation (once home to the prominent Alston family), and the cemetery where generations of the Alstons are buried.